College "Manny" is Like a Brother to a Local Boy

Updated: 03/30/2014 11:18 PM
Created: 03/30/2014 9:30 PM
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 News) -- When some people think of a nanny, or babysitter, a woman is the first person to come to mind. However, one Rochester nanny business is looking to change that.

"He feels like a brother," said 10-year-old Sam Schneider of his “many” Cole Dorow.    

Sam is an only child whose father lives in Texas. Cole is his friend and mentor.

"He's cool," said Sam.

Cole is someone that can relate to Sam, another guy who he can talk to about anything and do “man things” with.

"Our activities, our interests are fairly similar. I can think back to when I was 10, what I would like to do, you know, I know I'd want to go play Nerf guns. I'd want to go throw around a football," said Cole.

Sam’s mother says as much as his mother loves him and would do anything for him, she understands sometimes he needs a man in his life.

"He really can't share with me those things he would want to tell his father, tell a brother and I think that's been really helpful for Sam," said Alice Chang, Sam’s mother.

It’s situations like these that make College Nannies and Tutors owner Lindsay Stepp long for more male nannies.

"There's just a unique connection, a unique role model approach that our male nannies can use, and so for that family it worked out really well that he does have a strong male role model for him every day that he gets to see," said Stepp.

For Cole, who's “manny'd” for both girls and boys, it's a great experience for him as well.

"Playing princess with some girls, they'll get more of a laugh out of than trying to seriously play with me, as opposed to with boys, they get excited in the opposite way, they'll be like oh finally somebody who might know how to play x-box with me or might want to go outside and shoot some hoops," said Cole.

"We're both boys so we have a lot of the same interests, and we know how to play video games and play football and all sorts of things so yeah, it's just easier to do what you want with the boys," said Sam.

College Nannies and Tutors is currently looking for more male nannies. Only 3 of the 51 nannies employed are male. Stepp says she’s trying to get the number to 10%. Anyone interested in applying must be either in college, or have a college degree.

Local family benefits from a male nanny or "manny".